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Updated September 19, 2017
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  1. "Not too bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Solon, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Solon, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at VWR (More than a year)

    Pros

    people there was great !!!

    Cons

    Lots of work that needs for a direct pay off


  2. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at VWR full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Talented sales force. Relatively stable

    Cons

    Too internally focused. Internal disfunction has lead to high attrition of sales team (both field and management)

  3. "The experience at VWR is not bad at all so far. Though could be better."

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    Current Employee - Inventory Technician in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Inventory Technician in Chandler, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at VWR full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Respectful supervisor (singular not plural)

    - Compressed shift

    - Work can get done in any order you'd like

    - Benefits

    Cons

    - Pushing 400+ ibs worth of material daily while being gowned (Customer site)

    - Being micromanaged creates employee competition and lack of trust (employee chart graphs)

    - Management believes more in "numbers" and lacks trust in your work ethic without considering that their number system is easily manipulated (joke of a system)

    - Weekly meeting that takes up time

    - Horrible new hire on-site training

    - The use of company created broken app (VSR)

    - Attending customer walk-ins in a time limited schedule

    - Being the only job site cleaning unsanitary respirators

    - Being compared to other VWR sites that are way significantly smaller and obviously easier to tend to

    Personally I believe some of these only are for our specific job site being it is way significantly bigger than any other customer job sites that VWR attends so take this review with a grain of salt.

    Advice to Management

    Overall management is very great at listening in quarterly meetings, but listening and taking action are 2 different things. Management needs to put themselves in their employees shoes more instead of simply questioning why numbers are low. Not all supervisors are respectful, instead a few very rudely demand things get done. Need to improve training for sure! I can't stress that enough.


  4. "Inside sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Suwanee, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Suwanee, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at VWR full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They worked with me on my hours

    Cons

    Racists company blacks are at low level positions with degrees. Meanwhile whites with no degrees get moved up within the company. A lot of jobs were never posted and given to whites


  5. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VWR full-time

    Pros

    Good company for pharma experience

    Cons

    Dress code; requires wearing a VWR logo blue shirt


  6. "The pay isn't great, it should be more for the work I do and the support I provide to the customers."

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    Current Employee - Lab Support Specialist in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Lab Support Specialist in Fort Collins, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VWR (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent management, great team environment. I've heard there's room for advancement but haven't seen it as I'm new. I enjoy my job over all and would encourage others looking to work here.

    Cons

    None, it's a great place to work . Why do you have to write 20 words an I there yet


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Little room for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VWR full-time

    Pros

    People are nice and helpful

    Cons

    Little room for advancement. Management doesn't know what it's doing w some hires

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within

  8. "Vwr jit technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VWR full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits are available for you

    Cons

    No cons other than long shifts and heavy items


  9. Helpful (2)

    "About to embark on a roller coaster ride"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at VWR full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A winning corporate culture with a strong emphasis on wellness, collaboration, transparency, and performance.

    Cons

    About to be purchased by one of its major suppliers, known primarily for a recent history of cost cutting, including both site closures and general layoffs, as well as constantly turning over its management teams.

    Advice to Management

    Preserve the VWR culture. At all costs.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Insufficient new employee training"

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    Former Employee - JIT Inventory Tech
    Former Employee - JIT Inventory Tech

    I worked at VWR full-time

    Pros

    The people ( co-workers and boss) were friendly.

    Cons

    As a new employee, I found it difficult to learn my job. There is virtually no training. As a mainstay in process manufacturing for 20+ years, I found it difficult to learn with a very unstructured (or informal) training (or learning) period when doing my job as a new employee. I had been accustomed to receiving strict training when working in the manufacturing sector because of the existence of customary process documentation that needs to be followed.

    I do realize that there were some aspects of my job that could not be taught. I simply could not learn things as quickly like they probably wanted me to. However, this may actually be a good way to weed out people who don't learn quickly. After all, not all employment sectors are created equal.


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